Just about everyone has hit a wall in their life. Whether that wall is in their career, sports, or a hobby, it can be very difficult to climb over that wall and break through the ceiling.
This has been an obstacle for people for hundreds of years, which is perfect because that means there’s a lot of advice to be found. While everyone will have different goals, long and short term, loads of general tips can be applied to everything.
The best people to hand out this advice are those who have found profound success in their careers—people like Joe Jedlowski, who have owned and operated multiple businesses.
We decided to interview Joe Jedlowski to curate the best tips and advice he has acquired through his years of executive experience.
Joe, do you think mindset plays a role in achieving goals? If so, how big of a role does staying positive play?
Joe Jedlowski: I think the mindset is one of the most critical aspects when it comes to achieving goals, no matter how large or small. It’s only anecdotal, but I make a lot more progress and fewer mistakes when I’m in a positive mood, even for my own projects.
If you go into something thinking it will fail or that there’s no way it will be possible, then, well, that’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Joe Jedlowski: This is not just a yes or no question. Yes, relationships, mentorships, collaborations, they’re all fantastic ways to grow and reach goals.
But you cannot rely on others. I’m not saying do everything yourself, but you need to be the driving force. If you need something done, get someone to do it.
If they aren’t doing it in the time frame you need, or how you need it done, you have to find someone that will. Be the driving force of your own success.
Joe Jedlowski: Small goals are a time-tested and proven way to achieve significant goals. It may sound cliche, and I’m sure everyone’s heard it before, but it works.
Set small goals to accomplish on your way to reaching your overall goal. Trust me, every time you achieve a smaller goal, it will feel fantastic and encourage you to keep going for your final one.
How about tools? Is there anything people can use to achieve their goals, whether long-term or short-term?
Joe Jedlowski: Lists are extremely important to me. I make very detailed lists for long-term and short-term goals. They help me stay organized, and it’s great having them written down.
Pen and paper, a google doc, spreadsheets, whatever you’re comfortable with, just write things down in detail and stay as organized as possible.
I always hear the term realistic goal setting. Do you think it’s important to keep goals realistic? Do you have any tips for setting goals?
Joe Jedlowski: Yeah, of course, I think goals need to be realistic. But I also believe that as we achieve goals, more and more unrealistic things become possible.
If I had to give out one piece of advice, it would be to reevaluate your goals constantly. Everyone changes, and that’s okay, but you need to ensure that you’re not working towards old goals that you no longer want.
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